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    Google has been on the forefront of email technologies ever since the beta of Gmail, long, long ago. They've always been able to efficiently identify and categorize mail, including spam to help keep your inbox clean. Although no solution can keep your inbox spotless, Gmail comes close. Last August they introduced what Google calls your "Priority Inbox". Essentially, Google felt that most inboxes were fairly cluttered with non-important messages -- I'd have to agree. To remedy this, the Priority Inbox attempts to identify which messages (and which people) are important, and gives them ...

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    Moving on from December's Beta 3, Mozilla has updated its work on Firefox 4 for Android and Maemo phones to Beta 4, bringing new features, bug fixes, and some supposedly impressive speed boosts. The speed improvements are probably going to be the most noticeable to users upgrading from Beta 3, with what Mozilla claims is a 15% boost in JavaScript performance. Considering the ubiquity of JavaScript, you should find many sites becoming more responsive. You can also look forward to a smaller memory footprint and reduced CPU utilization, keeping system resources free. As far as ...

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    What's the difference between a "security researcher" and a "hacker"? Someone has discovered a way to steal data from the microsd card in your Android through a vulnerability in the Browser app. The someone in question is Xuxian Jiang, an assistant professor at North Carolina State University. Lucky for us, he's one of the good guys -- not a "hacker" in the malicious sense of the word. While working on an Android-related project he discovered a flaw in the Android 2.3 browser. Ironically, a similar bug was recently found -- and fixed -- in the Android 2.2 browser. The exploit apparently ...

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    Skyfire is one of the more popular alternative browsers for the Android platform. It's primary claim to fame has been its ability to play Flash videos on Android-powered devices. That's not as much of an benefit with the latest generation of Android-powered devices, since most have the ability get Adobe's Flash from the Android Market. Skyfire essentially converts and pre-renders video on their services, streaming it to you in a manner that's customized for your screen and connection speed. In version 3.2 they've made some improvements: - Better Searching: so facilitate search they added a ...

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    The Sony Ericsson X10 Mini is truly a unique smartphone. With a form-factor unlike any other Android device, our final review is sure to be very interesting. So, check it out below! If you have already seen our video coverage you can skip to the bottom of the page and watch the final video review. SOFTWARE This device was created with the idea of single-handed operation in mind. Due to this, Sony has created a custom user interface for the X10 Mini. Users can easily swipe left and right through the menu system. Navigation is literally a breeze. Despite the fact that this is a custom skin ...

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    It seems all but certain that Microsoft will be bringing HTML5 to Windows Phone 7, but the question on our impatient mind is "when?". Internet Explorer 9 on the PC already has support for the internet standard, but it hasn't made the way over to Microsoft's mobile platform yet. It may not be much longer before we get our answer, as Microsoft has stated that it plans on discussing the evolution of its mobile browser in the near future. Responding to audience questions at the CES, Microsoft's Dean Hachamovitch was asked about plans to take these new features - like HTML5 - from the desktop ...

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    We've told you about Dolphin Browser Mini in the past, and have been pretty impressed with it. It's fast, it's small, and brings a lot of features that you'd expect to find in a desktop browser to your Android-powered smartphone. Until now it's only been a beta release which, although functional, may have dissuaded some from downloading and installing it. If that describes you, you're in luck, the app has been officially released and is no longer in beta! What's changed? According to the app's "recent changes": + UI upgrade ( menu & toolbox ) + Add Bookmarks Label + Add on demand/ enable ...

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    Mozilla has a new beta of Firefox Mobile for you to try out, available now on the Android Market and as a download for Maemo smartphones. Several of the changes in this beta deal with text entry. Mozilla says that the less you need to type in order to use its browser, the better. To that end, the URL bar now supports copy-and-pasting. For when you do have to enter text, Mozilla's patched some keyboard bugs, and there's better international text support thanks to compatibility with Arabic and Persian scripts. The process by which you can sync a copy of Firefox Mobile with the full browser ...

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    Dell Mobility Store is basically paying you $25 to get an HTC Droid Incredible in an offer ending November 29, 2010 (or while supplies last). If once you were dreaming about the best Android device out there, now, eight months or so later, you get a $25 Dell Gift Card to go with your free HTC Droid Incredible from Dell Mobility Store when you sign a new two-year activation through Dell's web site. Rated by us at that time at 4.5/5, the Droid Incredible is sporting a 1GHz Qualcomm QSD8650 Snapdragon Processor, 8GB of internal storage, 748MB ROM, 512MB RAM, 3.7-inch SLCD WVGA (480 x 800) ...

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    A just-uncovered Google patent application shows the company's vision for a dynamic system for reformatting web pages to fit better on smaller smartphone screens. The system, published under the innocuous name "Displaying Information on a Mobile Device" outlines a process by which a server sits between a content provider and your smartphone, processing long pages of text, links, and images into a collapsible format. By selectively expanding parts of the page you're interested in, Google hopes to fit more useful information onto your smartphone screen at one time. Unlike other smartphone ...

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    So far we've unboxed the Motorola Flipside. We've also taken an up and close look at its hardware and MotoBlur user interface. Our next video in the Flipside series is a comparison video in which we pit the Motorola Flipside against the Samsung Transform. Both devices are considered mid-range Android phones. The Flipside is featured on AT&T's network and sports a 720mHz processor and 512MB of RAM. The Transform resides on Sprint and holds an 800mHz processor and 256MB of RAM. Curious to see which device outperforms the other? Press play below to see us benchmark these two devices against ...

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    Not happy with the stock Android web browser? Perhaps you crave a better interface for tab management, or perhaps you just want something a little faster. Fortunately, you've got a lot of choices. Here's a rundown of our favorite third-party Android browsers, all of which are free and available in the Android Market. NetFront Life This could be the best web browser for people that want a cleaner way to navigate through open windows, web history, and favorite sites. It's not the fastest browser, but it's very much different than anything else that is out there. Firefox 4 Beta Mozilla has ...

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    Skyfire has updated its browser clients for both iOS and Android, with iPhone users getting a small bump to 2.1 and Android owners seeing a full version upgrade, to Skyfire 3.0. Additions to the $3.99 iPhone browser are fairly minor, and include quick access to Twitter streams, more ways to share content, and the ability to tap-and-hold a link to open it in a new tab. The company also claims to have increased the number of compatible sites -- although we still had lots of trouble getting content to play -- while at the same time improving bookmarking, mobile/desktop mode switching, and ...

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    A recently-discovered Android vulnerability, affecting all current versions operating system, has the potential to let a malicious website access your phone's memory card, reading any information that may be stored. The bug is the result of several vulnerabilities in how the Android browser handles downloads to an external memory card. Someone exploiting these conditions could trigger the browser to automatically save a file containing JavaScript code to the card. Once that's in place, the browser can be directed to open that local copy of the file, where the embedded JavaScript has ...

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    The Mozilla Foundation revealed that it's been working on an app store concept of its own, as discussed in its most recent "The State of Mozilla" report. Unlike the offerings from Apple and for Android devices, Mozilla-based apps would be fully cross-platform. The idea for the store would have it be an "Open Web App ecosystem", built around your smartphone's web browser, with the apps themselves written in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. It should be easy for developers who have written existing web-based apps to adapt them to work with Mozilla's storefront and app repository. That last bit ...

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    Following the almost-too-successful launch of its iPhone browser (demand was so high that sales had to be halted and resumed in waves), Skyfire has announced that it will be ending support for the 1.x version of its products, currently available for free on both the Windows Mobile and Symbian platforms. Normally the cessation of developer support does not spell death for a product, but in the case of Skyfire, the company will be shutting down the servers which enable proxy browsing on 1.x clients -- essentially the magic ingredient that once made the browser so unique. As of December 31st, ...

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    It turns out that in Windows Phone 7, third parties can offer their browsers in the Marketplace, or at least ones that are based off of Internet Explorer for WP7. Enter Browser Plus, a $1 browser available for Windows Phone 7 that takes IE and adds some great functionality. Browser Plus allows you to see your tabs without having to dive into a second menu. Also, you can view pages in a "reader view" which will strip away page elements, similar to what you get in Safari. Another cool feature is that you get quick access to a Google search from next to the address bar. The program isn't ...

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    If you have an Android phone, you have a growing list of browser choices, including Opera Mini and Opera Mobile, FireFox 4 Beta, Dolphin Browser HD, and now NetFront Life from Access (this company might sound familiar to those that have used Windows Mobile). This free browser brings a host of great features that makes it easy and fun to switch between open tabs, browser history, and favorites. Performance isn't as good as the stock Android browser, and you can't use multitouch to zoom into a page. But if you're looking for a different kind of browsing experience, give NetFront a try. ...

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    It's time to run some tests on the Sprint Samsung Transform! So far we've run through an unboxing, a software overview, and a hardware overview on the Samsung Transform. Well, now it's time to see how well it stacks up against its big brother, the Samsung Epic 4G. As mentioned in our hardware overview, the Transforms 800MHz processor surely isn't as brawny as the Epic's 1Ghz processor. As the video below shows, the Transform may not be exactly as fast, but it still performs very well. In this video we run a series of comparison tests featuring a YouTube and browser test. As briefly ...

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    We're always excited to test new browsers because having a better/faster web browsing experience is always on the top of our smartphone software wishlist. Enter Opera Mobile for Android, a free browser that carries forth many of the features you might remember from the Windows Mobile version of Opera Mobile. You can decrease page load times with Opera Turbo (which uses server-side rendering like Skyfire), sync your bookmarks and passwords with Opera Link, and manage tabs with ease. You can also quickly choose favorite websites with the six speed dial buttons. Overall, Opera Mobile for ...

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    Skyfire has begun accepting orders for its iPhone browser again, although it will only sell an unknown number of copies before pulling the software from the App Store once again. Apparently the company's servers and/or bandwidth can't keep up with the load (it only took several hours of availability for Skyfire to become the top grossing App Store program), which caused the browser to "sell out" only hours after it went live on Wednesday. Skyfire will continue to open up purchasing in waves as capacity permits, but only to US customers; sales in other countries are said to "follow ...

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    Over the last couple of years we've been following the progress of Mozilla's attempts to make a mobile browser. They started with Fennec with Windows Mobile, which was very much unfinished. After canning that project, they've moved on to Android with Firefox Mobile, and it's finally starting to show some significant progress. The latest beta of Firefox 4 for Android is just about good enough to use on a daily basis. The tab management is super fast, the Firefox Sync functionality is well done, and even add-ons work. If you want to try Firefox mobile on Android for yourself, just point your ...

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    Android users already have quite an array of choice when it comes to third party browsers. Chief among them: Skyfire, Dolphin, UC Browser, and Firefox Mobile. Soon, there will be another choice: Opera Mobile. The big story is that Opera Mobile for Android will use hardware acceleration to make page load times as low as possible and navigation smooth and fast. It'll also include pinch to zoom, which is a technology that Opera has yet to employ in its mobile browsers (despite it being a pretty standard feature on all mobile devices as of late). No word on whether it'll play nice with Flash ...

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    Popular browser developer Opera has revealed plans to enter the mobile advertising game through a cloud-based network called the Open Mobile Ad Exchange. According to the company, the service works by directly embedding JavaScript content directly into pages served up by Opera Mini, which allegedly has 66.5 million users worldwide -- many of them on difficult-to-penetrate feature phones. What's not entirely clear is how Opera will convince publishers to eschew their traditional ad networks for Opera's services; apparently the ads are served up on the pages themselves, and not in the ...

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    Mozilla has decided to re-version its mobile Fennec browser for Android and Nokia's Maemo-powered N900 from 2.0b1 to 4.0b1, in order to bring the versioning more closely in line with the organization's desktop browser, Firefox. Developer Mark Finkle argues that the change makes sense given that both browsers share the same web rendering engine; he also revealed that the release version will be branded as Firefox 4 for Android and Nokia N900. As we noted in our last look at the Alpha build of the browser back in August (re-posted below), it has tremendous potential in terms of the promised ...

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